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Girl Geek X AppLovin Dinner – September 5th in San Francisco

Girl Geek X AppLovin Dinner

Join us for a Girl Geek Dinner on Wednesday, September 5th (6pm-9pm) in San Francisco at the AppLovin office!

AppLovin girl geeks will be hosting an evening of networking, food & drinks, and discussions on “Scaling Sustainably: How a dynamic culture can take your company to the next level.”

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Speaker Bios:

Katie JansenKatie Jansen, Chief Marketing Officer, AppLovin
Katie is Chief Marketing Officer at AppLovin. She is an advocate for workplace equality, serving as marketing adviser to organizations focused on women in tech and mentoring other women in the field. Business Insider has named Katie one of the most powerful women in mobile advertising.

Alice GuillaumeAlice Guillaume, Director of Marketing, AppLovin
Alice is Director of Marketing at AppLovin. Alice started at the company in 2014 and has helped the company build out a strong growth team in China and build/scale out a powerhouse design and game development team.

Helen WuHelen Wu, Director of Growth Partnerships, AppLovin
Helen is Director of Growth Partnerships at AppLovin. Since starting as one of the first business team hires in 2013, Helen has grown and trained a global team that is responsible for helping AppLovin’s customers achieve their performance goals.

Anusha RameshAnusha Ramesh, Principal Software Engineer, AppLovin
Anusha is a principal software engineer at AppLovin. She works with the rest of the platform team to analyze and optimize how services run in order to continuously scale and grow.

Sonal GuptaSonal Gupta, Principal Software Engineer, AppLovin
Sonal is a principal software engineer at AppLovin. She is responsible for the design and architecture of a back-end that handles billions of requests per day as well as creating high-availability, low-latency systems that are distributed across multiple data centers.

Swetha AnbarasanSwetha Anbarasan, Network Engineer, AppLovin
Swetha is a network engineer at AppLovin. She manages AppLovin’s network infrastructure from configuration to troubleshooting. Swetha is also engaged in capacity planning and has automated various network processes.

Laura PfisterLaura Pfister, Software Engineer, AppLovin
Laura is a software engineer at AppLovin. She works to implement, test, and monitor new functionalities and optimization features on the ad server.

About AppLovin:

AppLovin offers a comprehensive platform that gives app developers of all sizes the ability to market, grow, and even finance their businesses. We provide the expertise and insights you need to connect with your ideal consumers and break through the noise – all in one place.

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Girl Geek X Dinner – August 29th in San Francisco

Girl Geek X Dinner is delighted to host a Girl Geek Dinner on Wednesday, August 29th at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, CA!

Join fellow girl geeks for an evening of networking, discussion, drinks & food with Founder, Chairwoman and CEO Sheila Lirio Marcelo. The CEO will share her story of building a mission-driven global company and women from’s engineering and product teams will share their experiences in a series of lightning talks on learnings about working with a two-sided marketplace.

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6:00pm – 7:15pm: Check-in, Networking, Food!
7:15pm – 7:40pm: Welcome & Talk by Sheila Lirio Marcelo (Founder, Chairwoman & CEO), followed by Q&A
7:40pm – 8:00pm: More Talks, followed by Q&A, Networking!

Speaker Bios:

Sheila Lirio Marcelo TseSheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder, Chairwoman & CEO,
Sheila founded in 2006 after her personal challenges as a young working mother finding care for two small children and ailing parents shed a spotlight on the massive care needs of families everywhere. Today, the company is the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing family care, serving more than 26 million people across 20 countries. Committed to building a company that can be both profitable and mission-based, Sheila continues to drive innovation across’s platforms and services to enable families to find care and caregivers to find meaningful work, while also leveraging the company’s data and reach to drive systemic change across the care economy as a whole. Prior to founding, Sheila was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Matrix Partners and held executive positions at Upromise, helping families save for college and at executive search engine She sits on the Boards of Northwestern Mutual, Boston Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees, the U.S. Library of Congress Trust Fund, and the Philippine Development Foundation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership and advises numerous start-up companies. Sheila graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received her J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Harvard University.

Talk Topic: “Three Questions: On Leading with Purpose” by Sheila Lirio Marcelo
As women and leaders in the workplace, we can and must write our own stories so we can lead authentically and with purpose. How? By asking ourselves three key questions: Who, What and How? Who has influenced you? What impact do you want to have on the world? And, How do you stand by what you stand for?

Dominique BailletDominique Baillet, Senior Director, Growth and Product,
Dominique joined in 2017 as Senior Director of Growth and Product Management, where she leads all organic acquisition, editorial, community and enrollment activities. She is passionate about scaling mission-driven organizations and maintains optimistic that businesses can succeed and do good for the world. Her career has spanned industries and functions – across management consulting, education, international development and tech. Dominique received a B.A. from Brown University and MBA from Harvard Business School. [Fun fact: Dominique brought her 3 month old baby to her interviews – a first for both mom and baby.]

Talk Topic: “How to Monetize Online Marketplaces” by Dominique Baillet
Yes, it’s all about growth. But at some point, you’ve got to make money. Successful marketplaces figure out how to monetize early and set up their marketplace dynamics accordingly – even if they don’t optimize making money until later. In this talk, we will cover how to think about what you give away and what you charge for, how you charge, and who pays.

Abbey StaufferAbbey Stauffer, Director, Product Management,
Abbey is the Director of’s Matching experience, where she leads a product team that is evolving how we match the two sides of our marketplace and guide families through the hiring process. Prior to, Abbey ran the education vertical at FinTech company NerdWallet, where she developed products for college students and recent grads, and served as Sr. Product Manager at InsideTrack, an EdTech company also serving college students. Abbey has a passion for mission-driven companies, continuous learning, and her family of two young boys.

Talk Topic: “The Art and Science of Matching” by Abbey Stauffer
Let’s face it… having lots of choices is great, but having too many choices can be overwhelming. Matching helps connect the buyers in your marketplace to the supply that best meets the criteria they’re looking for. Matching challenges exist everywhere, from organ transplants and college admissions to hiring marketplaces like In this talk, we’ll discuss how you can leverage data science and other strategies to take the work out of your users’ hands in finding the right match.

Lauren LeeLauren Lee, Director, Product Management,
Lauren joined in January 2018 as Director of Product Management, where she leads Mobile and Trust & Safety products. With nearly a decade of experience working in marketplace businesses, Lauren loves getting the flywheel spinning and using her skills at to empower women. Prior to joining, she held various product management positions at StubHub and strategy positions at StubHub, Microsoft, and Triage Consulting Group. Lauren received a B.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA with Honors from the Kellogg School of Management.

Talk Topic: “Building Trust in Online Marketplaces” by Lauren Lee
If you want your users to convert faster and stay longer, then you need to invest in trust building mechanisms. It’s a critical ingredient for all businesses because it gives users the confidence to buy your product – and it’s especially critical for marketplace businesses when you don’t know the person on the other side of the transaction. In this talk, we’ll walk through some of the common mechanisms that marketplaces use to build trust.

Rita ChowRita Chow, Principal iOS Engineer,
Rita is a Principal iOS Engineer at with 19 years of software engineering experience. She worked at a GPS startup, Apple, Bechtel, and StubHub. She has a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from University of California, Davis. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Talk Topic: “Personal Journey as a Software Engineer” by Rita Chow


Since launching in 2007, has been committed to solving the complex care challenges that impact families, caregivers, employers, and care service companies. Today, is the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing family care, with 16.9 million families and 12.7 million caregivers across more than 20 countries, including the U.S., UK, Canada and parts of Western Europe, and approximately 1.4 million employees of corporate clients having access to our services. Spanning child care to senior care, pet care, housekeeping and more, provides a sweeping array of services for families and caregivers to find, manage and pay for care or find employment and manage their careers. Headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, has offices in Berlin, Austin and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Event Tickets & Details:

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Girl Geek X Quantcast Dinner – August 16th in San Francisco

Girl Geek X Quantcast Dinner

You are invited to join us at Quantcast for a Girl Geek X Dinner on Thursday, August 16th in San Francisco’s SOMA district! Women from Quantcast’s Engineering and Product teams will share their experiences In a series of lightning talks – on learning a new tech stack, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), navigating career as a shy engineer, and much more!

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6:00pm – 7:00pm: Networking, Food & Drinks!
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Welcome & Quantcast Girl Geek Lightning Talks!
8:00pm – 9:00pm: More Networking!

Girl Geek Speaker Bios:

Dorothy TseDorothy Tse, VP of Product Management, Quantcast
Dorothy is the Vice President of Product at Quantcast. In her current role, Dorothy is responsible for scaling Quantcast’s product suite while developing new capabilities that drive value for customers. Dorothy most recently served as Head of Global Marketing Solutions Technology at Facebook where she led Product Management for global internal data products and internal CRM. Prior to Facebook, Tse spent time at Nielsen as SVP of Product Leadership responsible for their digital advertising measurement products and self service capabilities. She was previously Vice President of Product Management at advertising effectiveness company, Vizu which was acquired by Nielsen and led their acquisition activities. Dorothy holds a B.S. in International Business from the University of California, Davis.

Dorothy Tse to welcome and emcee the Girl Geek X Dinner

Disha GosaliaDisha Gosalia, VP of Service Operations & Support, Quantcast
Disha is the Vice President of Service Operations and Support at Quantcast. In her current role, Disha is responsible for leading Quantcast’s global customer service organization. Prior to joining Quantcast in 2018, Disha worked at General Electric where she was responsible for scaling up the global customer support & operations team for GE’s Industrial Internet and Big Data analytics platform. While at GE, Disha led a Devops transformation, to influence company-wide decisions that directly impacted customer outcomes and operational productivity. Prior to GE, she worked at CallidusCloud, where she helped build onshore & offshore support teams, establishing support processes and tools as well as customer account management & renewals. Disha holds a B.S. in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Austin. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors with her husband and 2 kids.

Talk Topic: “How I Navigated My Career as a Shy Engineer” by Disha Gosalia

Somer SimpsonSomer Simpson, Head of Product Management – Measure, Quantcast
Somer has spent over 20 years in online media or media-related start-ups. She left a budding career in photojournalism to explore “this new web thing” in 1994 when she helped spearhead digital content for the Gainesville Sun, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, and the Miami Herald. In 1999, she moved west to run product for Knight Ridder Digital, leading the team that built the company’s centralized content ingestion and publishing system. The platform, along with several other social-based innovations, enabled the team to publish before, during and after the storm when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 and took Knight-Ridder’s Biloxi paper offline. The combined print and online coverage won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service Journalism. After Knight-Ridder, she leads product teams and drove strategy at several companies, including Zvents and AT&T Interactive, eventually moving to Quantcast this year to help grow the Measure product for publishers.

Talk Topic: “How A Small Team Can Impact An Industry” by Somer Simpson

Esther HsuEsther Hsu, Staff Software Engineer, Quantcast
Esther is a Staff Software Engineer at Quantcast on the Targeting Product Engineering team. In her current role, Esther leads the development of Quantcast Advertise products and features. Since joining Quantcast in 2012, she has designed and built systems (machine learning pipelines, feedback control loops, and alerting systems) to optimize ad campaign performance and delivery. Esther holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.

Talk Topic: “Intro to Machine Learning at Quantcast” by Esther Hsu

Malvika MathurMalvika Mathur, Senior Software Engineer, Quantcast
Malvika is a Senior Software Engineer at Quantcast. In her current role, Malvika is a team lead for the Core Data Pipelines team as a part of the Data Platform team. Prior to joining Quantcast in 2017, Malvika was a Software Developer at Microsoft. Malvika holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Manipal Institute of Technology.

Talk Topic: “Transitioning from Corporation to Start-Up” by Malvika Mathur

Brittni GustafBrittni Gustaf, Senior Software Engineer, Quantcast
Brittni is a Senior Software Engineer at Quantcast. In her current role, Brittni is a full stack engineer, specializing in the front end, on the Audience Measurement Engineering team. Recently, she was pulled off her normal work to implement the front end and provide JavaScript expertise for QC Choice, Quantcast’s consent solution for GDPR. Prior to joining Quantcast in 2014, Brittni was an Instructional Assistant at the University of Michigan. Brittni holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan. In her free time, she enjoys surfing, hiking, gaming, and building websites.

Talk Topic: “Hacking the Customer Experience” by Brittni Gustaf

About Quantcast:

As a global leader in Artificial Intelligence technology, Quantcast is using machine learning to drive human learning to help brands grow in the AI-era. Founded in 2006, Quantcast is the real-time pulse of the Internet helping marketers and publishers understand their audiences through 1st party direct measurement. With the largest AI-driven audience insights platform measuring over 150 million web destinations, Quantcast’s predictive analytics powers insights, targeting and measurement solutions for marketers, agencies, consultancies and publishers worldwide. Headquartered in San Francisco, Quantcast employs more than 800 employees in 22 offices across 10 countries.

Event Tickets & Details:

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Girl Geek X Climate Dinner – August 9th in San Francisco

Girl Geek X Climate Dinner

You are invited to an evening of networking, drinks, food & discussions around ag tech & building digital solutions for farmers – join us for a Girl Geek X Climate Dinner on Thursday, August 9th in downtown San Francisco!

To help farmers answer the challenge of feeding a growing world, we are focused on helping them get their data in one place, uncover valuable field insights, and optimize their inputs. From planning in the winter to harvest in the fall, Climate FieldView helps farmers make informed decisions all year long. By combining deep experience in science, technology, and agriculture with real-world problem-solving skills, our leadership team delivers proven, data-driven solutions to farmers every day. At The Climate Corporation, we aim to help all the world’s farmers sustainably increase their productivity with digital tools. Get your ticket now for Girl Geek X Dinner!


6:00pm – 7:00pm: Networking & Check-in
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Dinner & Panel Discussion, Followed by Q&A
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Networking, Science Fair-style! & Wrap-up

Girl Geek Panelist Bios:

Tracey EwartTracey Ewart, Product Design Manager, The Climate Corporation
Tracey is a Lead Product Designer and manager on Climate’s 10-person – and growing – design team. She is responsible for creating thoughtful and valuable solutions for farmers and their trusted advisors. She is passionate about finding the right mix of value, innovation and delight in the experiences she builds. Designing for farmers has been a unique challenge, but also a very meaningful one. She was previously a UX Designer at CafePress, MapQuest and (quite a while back) In her free time, she can be seen chasing after her kids, trail running with her dog or reading a really good book.

Tracey Ewart is a panelist at Girl Geek X Climate Dinner.

Fumiyo Conway-YasuyamaFumiyo Conway-Yasuyama, Software Engineering Manager, The Climate Corporation
Fumiyo leads web team at Climate, which is responsible for all client facing web applications under Her responsibilities includes mentoring, recruiting, building strategic vision and roadmap with product team, defining technical directions, and coordinating & communicating cross-team dependencies. Prior to Climate, she was a front end engineer at CDK Global. Fumiyo holds a Master’s degree in Communication and Information Studies from The Rutgers University.

Fumiyo Conway-Yasuyama is a panelist at Girl Geek X Climate Dinner.

Beth ReidBeth Reid, Lead Data Scientist, The Climate Corporation
Beth works on the Pest and Disease risk modeling team within Geospatial Science. She leads our program on airborne transport of pathogens, currently focusing on southern rust in corn. She has previous worked in several applications of spatio-temporal modeling. Beth worked for two years on Climate’s Weather Science team and was the science lead for Climate’s in-house real-time radar pipeline used for field-level rainfall estimates. She translated specific performance needs of our key stakeholder, Climate’s Nitrogen Model, into tasks for a two-month sprint including 6 data scientists and delivered the final algorithms to engineering in time for inclusion in our 2017 product. She also developed and led the execution of a validation framework to ensure that the real-time production system rainfall estimates built by engineering would deliver rainfall estimates with the same accuracy as the research pipeline.Before Climate, Beth measured and modeled the evolution of the universe using three-dimensional maps of galaxies from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, first as a Hubble Fellow and then an inaugural Data Science Fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science. She received her Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University.

Beth Reid is a panelist at Girl Geek X Climate Dinner.

Maria TerresMaria Terres, Senior Quantitative Researcher, The Climate Corporation
Maria is a senior quantitative researcher and technical lead for fertilizer use recommendations. She has been at Climate for 3 years where she has developed rate recommendation algorithms, designed experimental field trials, performed analyses to support marketing campaigns, and more. Prior to joining Climate she was a postdoctoral researcher at North Carolina State University after completing her PhD in statistics at Duke University.

Maria Terres is a panelist at Girl Geek X Climate Dinner.

About The Climate Corporation:

To help farmers answer the challenge of feeding a growing world, we are focused on helping them get their data in one place, uncover valuable field insights, and optimize their inputs. From planning in the winter to harvest in the fall, Climate FieldView helps farmers make informed decisions all year long. By combining deep experience in science, technology, and agriculture with real-world problem-solving skills, our leadership team delivers proven, data-driven solutions to farmers every day. At The Climate Corporation, we aim to help all the world’s farmers sustainably increase their productivity with digital tools.

Event Tickets & Details:

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Girl Geek X Guidewire Dinner – August 1st in Foster City

Girl Geek X Guidewire Dinner

Join Girl Geek X Guidewire Dinner on Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 in Foster City, California to learn about the disruption of insurance technology and how some of Guidewire’s female leaders built their careers on their own terms!

Did you know over 80% of people will use new insurance technology (insurtech) to purchase auto insurance or buy a car in the future? Learn more about the transformation of insurance and the women leading the way, as well as how mentorship can make or break careers and what not to do in a presentation if you want people to take notice. Network with us over wine and delicious food and grab some great Girl Geek X Guidewire swag! Get your ticket now for Girl Geek X Dinner!


6:00pm – 6:30pm: Networking, Food & Drinks
6:30pm – 7:30pm: Welcome & Panel Discussion Followed by Q&A
7:30pm – 8:30pm: Table Topics & Raffle Drawing

Girl Geek Panelist Bios:

Priscilla HungPriscilla Hung, Chief Operating Officer, Guidewire
Priscilla oversees Guidewire’s worldwide operations, including product development, corporate and product strategy, presales, product marketing, alliances, information systems technology and security, cloud operations, and customer support. Priscilla has extensive enterprise software experience at startups and public companies. Before joining Guidewire in 2005, she held several management positions at Ariba Inc., including Director of Operations and Director of Global Channels and Alliances. Previously, she held several channel, business development, and product marketing positions at Sun Microsystems, Uniface/Compuware, Pyramid/Siemens Nixdorf, and Oracle Corporation. Priscilla has an M.Eng Industrial Engineering and Operations Research degree from Cornell University and serves on the board of ContractRoom.

Priscilla Hung is a panelist at Guidewire Girl Geek X Dinner.

Eileen MaierEileen Maier, Chief Business Officer, Guidewire
Eileen has global responsibility for product-line business strategy, presales, product marketing, sales enablement, and value consulting as Chief Business Officer at Guidewire. Her teams are responsible for ensuring that Guidewire’s product lines are driven by market-informed, ambitious, multiyear strategies, and for providing the messaging, training, and demonstration systems needed for sales success. Previously, as Senior Vice President of Sales Consulting, Eileen built Guidewire’s industry-leading global presales teams that are responsible for engaging our customers through their product selection process. Before joining Guidewire, she held several positions in presales at PeopleSoft and Oracle, as well as a variety of underwriting and management positions at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Eileen holds a B.A. in English from Loyola University and an MBA from Suffolk University, Boston.

Eileen Maier is a panelist at Guidewire Girl Geek X Dinner.

Lerk-Ling ChangLerk-Ling Chang, VP of Strategic Ventures, Guidewire
Lerk-Ling where she leads Guidewire’s venture investing efforts and drives acquisitions and strategic partnerships. She brings 20+ years of experience in enterprise software with a demonstrated track record of identifying new areas for investment and bringing new products to market. She was the first product management hire at Guidewire Software. Together with the company’s co-founders, she led product management of Guidewire’s flagship products — ClaimCenter and PolicyCenter — from initial concept to successful delivery for the first customers. Prior to Guidewire, she held product management leadership positions at Ariba and Health Hero Network. She was also previously in healthcare investment banking and equity research at Merrill Lynch. Lerk-Ling serves as an independent board member for Limelight Health, a growth-stage startup providing a modern quoting and renewal SaaS solution for employee benefits insurers and brokers to achieve higher sales and channel performance. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Harvard University.

Lerk-Ling Chang is a panelist at Guidewire Girl Geek X Dinner.

Sandia RenSandia Ren, VP of Professional Services, Guidewire
Sandia is responsible for the Guidewire Services Center (GSC) and Specialized Consulting arms of the Guidewire Professional Services team. In this role, she looks after the strategic growth and direction of teams that provide implementation support globally on Guidewire projects. The GSC provides distributed consulting services, and the specialized areas include Data and Analytics, Digital, Underwriting Management, Upgrades, Testing, and On-Demand Consulting. In her more than 15 years at Guidewire, Sandia has held roles in both Product Development and Professional Services. She’s helped to develop a number of Guidewire initiatives, including the accelerator program, the GSC, and the Digital product line. She earned both a Masters of Engineering and a B.S. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sandia Ren is a panelist at Guidewire Girl Geek X Dinner.

Roopal ShahRoopal Shah, VP of Go To Market Delivery, Guidewire
Roopal leads the Sales Enablement, Product Marketing, and Go To Market (GTM) Programs functions at Guidewire. The mission of this team (under the GTM Delivery umbrella) is to ensure GTM readiness by providing messaging, processes, and programs for internal and external audiences. She started as Product Marketing Manager almost 8 years ago, and has worked in a variety of roles on the GTM side with increasing accountability. Prior to joining Guidewire, she worked at Accenture and Blue Shield of California. Roopal has a Bachelors in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Roopal Shah is moderating the panel at Guidewire Girl Geek X Dinner.

About Guidewire:

We believe that P&C insurance plays a vital role in protecting people and business, and in enabling society to function. We specialize in serving P&C insurers exclusively, with a focused commitment that puts customer success above all else. Our core competency is software development. We hold ourselves accountable for ensuring that our customers have the right technology to execute on their promises to policyholders over the long term. We invest heavily in R&D to build a technology platform that combines three elements—core operations, data and analytics, and digital engagement—to enhance insurers’ ability to engage and empower their customers and employees. We serve a global community of insurers. As a result, we have the fortunate ability to facilitate the sharing of ideas within this community and to incorporate global insights into our platform.

Event Tickets & Details:

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